Enchanted Forest in QUILT TRENDS (Winter 2014)


Happy Monday, Friends!  I hope you are well.   Last Friday I showed you my Urban Stars quilt that is featured in the Winter 2014 issue of Quilt Trends.  Today, I am sharing with you Enchanted Forest, the other quilt that is shown in the same magazine, but the pattern instructions are available as a free pattern download here.


Enchanted Forest uses large rectangles to effectively feature print fabrics, and thus making the quilt top construction quick and trouble-free.

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Or, if you feel like doing a bit of applique to spice up the design, sprigs of leaves would add the visual effect!

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Here are a couple more shots of the quilt.



If you have been visiting regularly, the fabrics used in Enchanted Forest shouldn’t been unfamiliar to you…. as I have ANOTHER magazine featured quilt also named Enchanted Forest, featured in QUILT August/September 2013.  Click here to view more picture. [Side note:   Do you remember I have also had two quilts named Farm Crossing (here and here), made with fabrics from the same collection?]


The fabrics are from Silent Harmony by RJR Fabrics.  And you might recall I also designed a free to use pattern, Nature’s Harmony, for RJR using these same fabrics.  Click here for more information.

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So… back to the “Quilt Trends” Enchanted Forest… the quilt was quilted using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany silk batting!  You can see that I quilted “swirly” trees amidst the random vertical straight lines on the quilt top to lend to the woodland feel…



And now, my favorite part of the quilt – the informal pseudo feathers quilted in contrasting thread on the outer border!!



You can read about my tutorial on the pseudo informal feathers here.  I hope you will get a feeling of how relatively simple it is to quilt these pseudo feathers from the tutorial, and if you try them out, I would love to hear what you think of them!


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have enjoyed my latest Enchanted Forest quilt.  Quilt kits (quilt top and binding) are available for purchase for $44.99 from Fat Quarter Shop by clicking here.


Have a great week, Dear Friends — but not before you tell me if you find forests enchanting in general! :)


Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2014): Hurry Home

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Enchanted Forest

Quilt Trends (Winter 2014): Urban Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2014): Urban Oasis

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Farm Crossing

The Quilter (December 2013/January 2014): Boxing Day

January Free Pattern: View on Lexington using Gramercy by Benartex

January Free Pattern: Everything’s Coming Up Rosey using English Rosey by Benartex

Woodland Snapshots: Final Sneak Peek

Happy Monday, Friends!  I finished and shipped off my Woodland Snapshots before last weekend, and here is a final sneak peek for you!  Do you like how I quilted the border?


Come back later this week when I share with you my thoughts on the curly Q feathers quilted on the border!  Meanwhile, I hope your week got off a great start.  I have A LOT to accomplish this week, so, I am going to fly for now.  Hugs and blessings to you all!

Woodland Snapshots: Sneak Peek #1

Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  My little “night owl” Miss Baby really liked being able to sleep in during the weekend, and not have to wake up early for school.

After an intense week of pattern writing last week, I am back to sample making.  I should be able to finish a new quilt top tonight, and here is a sneaky peek.  I am in love with that foliage print:


The fabrics shouldn’t be too foreign to you, as I already have a magazine featured quilt, Enchanted Forest, using the Silent Harmony fabrics by RJR Fabrics.  Click here to view more pictures of Enchanted Forest.


I also designed a free to use pattern, Nature’s Harmony, using the same fabric collection.  Click here for information on how to download the pattern instructions in pdf format.

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I actually like designing/making multiple quilts using the same fabric collection.  I like the fact that each quilt ends up having its unique personality, kind of like kids in the same family having different personalities.

How about you?  Do you ever make multiple and different quilts using fabrics from the same fabric collection?

Thanks for stopping by!  I always appreciate your visits.  I shall catch up with you later.

Enchanted Forest in QUILT (August/September 2013)

Hello Friends, it’s lovely to have you visit again!  I am happy to share with you today my “Enchanted Forest” quilt, featured in QUILT’s August/September 2013 issue.


The details to look for are what I like about this design – the focal print blocks, interconnecting “pathway” between the blocks,  secondary design blocks, and the various shades of blues used in the design.  So, all that said – the final quilt was worth the time spent piecing the quilt top.  And you know how I feel about piecing, ha!

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This quilt uses fabrics from RJR Fabrics’ Silent Harmony collection.  Click here to view the entire fabric range.  I love the focal prints from the collection so much I marry both the autumn and wintry colorways in the same quilt!

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One thing good about mixing the autumn and wintry colorways is that the quilt is useable through the autumn and winter months.



Quilt kits are available for $78.50 (including S/H) from Quilting Connect.  Call 540-334-5146 to inquire.


Quilting was done using Aurifil Mako 50 Cotton thread over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batting.  The quilting motif is a modified version of my embellished swirly vine, discussed here.  I am hoping to have some downtime soon and do a Thread Talk post about this modified embellished swirly vine.





Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have enjoyed my “Enchanted Forest” quilt.

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p.s.  I have also designed for RJR Fabrics a free downloadable quilt pattern using the same Silent Harmony fabrics.  Click here for more information.

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My 2013 lineup thus far besides “Enchanted Forest” – click on project names for more information:

Annie’s Love Those Precuts Book (January 2013):  Apple of My Eye

Annie’s Sweet Layer Cakes Book (April 2013): Sunburst Melody

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Spring 2013): Baubles, Baubles

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Curious Cats

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Summer 2013): Fabrique Foursome

Fons and Porter Easy Quilts (Fall 2013): Interlock

Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting (March/April 2013):  Now I know my ABC’s

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March/April 2013): Quilting Curvy Feathers

QUILT (June/July 2013): Color Burst

QUILT (June/July 2013): Pattern Play

Quilt-it…today (July/August 2013): Yay Day

Quilt Trends (Winter 2013, Cover Quilt): Tango

Quilts and More (Spring 2013): 2 Wishes

Quilts and More (Spring 2013):  Watercolor Sketches

Quilter’s World (February 2013): New Life

Quilter’s World (April 2013): Monkey Around

Quilter’s World (Summer 2013): Garden Mist

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Christmas Cheer

Quilter’s World (Autumn 2013): Quilty Christmas Ornaments

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): In & Out

Quilter’s World QUICK & EASY QUILTS (Spring 2013): Garden Maze

Simple Quilts & Sewing (Spring 2013):  Stained Glass

The Quilter (December 2012/January 2013): Not Too Square

The Quilter (April/May 2013):  In the Meadow

The Quilter (August/September 2013): Rising Stars, Cover Quilt

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Pumpkin Patch/Autumn Fauna

Benartex Free Pattern (March 2013): Flora Linda/Catalina

Lecien Free Pattern, Lynette Anderson (April 2013):  Forest Floor/Wildflower Wood

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (January 2013): Mediterranean Dream

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (February 2013): Butterfly Kisses

RJR Fabrics Free Pattern (May 2013): Nature’s Harmony/Silent Harmony

Quilting Treasures Free Pattern (June 2013): Simply Sweet using lief!Lifestyle

Benartex Free Pattern (June 2013): Birds on a Wire using Let’s Tweet

Benartex Free Pattern (July 2013): Silver Lining using Urban Oasis 

Woodland Harmony: Final Sneak Peek

What does one do when one loves the focal print from a fabric collection too much?  Why, that’s easy – just squeeze the focal prints in all the available colorways in the same design – like I have done in Woodland Harmony:


Check out in the following the focal prints from RJR’s Silent Harmony collection.

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Thanks for stopping by.  Come by later this week for an announcement on a couple of giveaways I have lined up to celebrate Ivory Spring reaching 1,000,000 views!  Till later!

Woodland Harmony: Sneak Peek #1

Hi Friends, thanks again for stopping by.  I was actually going to share with you a recent magazine featured quilt, but it is still a little too nippy for me to venture outside for some outdoor shots.  But I really think the quilt deserves to be photographed outdoors.  The sun is out today, but the blowing wind… maybe tomorrow.

For now, I will show you a sneak peek of what I’ve been working on…


Joan always comments how I work with tiny patches.  While I don’t particularly enjoying piecing, I do have a penchant for coming up with designs with MANY tiny pieces (must be a disease) – like that one tiny white square there.  Anyone cares to take a guess what the finished size that square is?  Keep in mind I don’t make miniature quilts — so, a 1/4″ finished size for that square is automatically ruled out. :)  The first correct guesser will receive a spool of my favorite piecing thread.

Thanks for stopping by.  I shall chat with you again tomorrow.